How Could Miami Have Lost to the Browns?

I woke up this morning with another Dolphins hangover.  And, I keep asking the question … “How could the Miami Dolphins have lost that game to the Cleveland Browns?”  How could they have lost that freaking game?

Suppose you did not watch the game yesterday.  Suppose you did not know the outcome.  Now, suppose I gave you the following recap of the game between the Dolphins and the Browns.

1).  The Dolphins offense racked up 369 total yards and controlled the ball just short of 38 minutes of the game — the Browns kept the ball a little more than 22 minutes.

2).  Chad Henne completed 19 of 29 passes for 255 yards with 1 TD and 1 INT — that is 8.8 yards per attempt (YPA) and the INT was on the last play of the game.

3).  Brian Hartline caught 4 passes for 87 yards — an average of 21.8 yards per catch.

4).  Daniel Thomas ran the ball 23 times for 95 yards — another good rushing game for the rookie.  Also, he had 3 receptions for 27 yards including a 10 yard screen pass in the redzone for a TD … yes, the Dolphins successfully completed a screen pass for a TD in the redzone!

5).  The Browns’ QB, Colt McCoy, completed only 19 of 39 passes for 210 yards — that is 48.7% completion percentage and 5.4 YPA.  He completed just 5 of 14 passes in the first half.

6).  Despite Vonte Davis being out with a hamstring injury, the Browns’ wide receivers only caught 8 passes for a mere 99 yards.  The Dolphins’ UFA rookie Jimmy Wilson had an interception.

7).  The Browns were without star RB Peyton Hillis and could only muster a mere 70 total yards rushing.

If I told you all these true facts, would you not have thought the Dolphins won the game?

Well, the Miami Dolphins lost 17-16 to the Cleveland Browns.  And, the Dolphins are now 0 – 3 to start the season.

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So, how did the Dolphins lose the game?  Tune back in tomorrow for my analysis.


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  • compcomplex

    The analysis is simple: Henne first couldn’t deliver and keep the drive alive, the defense then failed as mostly expected, and then Henne (again) couldn’t deliver buy just moving the ball 10-15 yards.

  • stolibulldog

    If Shurmur would have run the no huddle offense and kept MIA out of the nickel and dime pkg’s earlier in the game the score would have been 31-16!

    MIA has the same crap offense with Daboll that CLE had with Mangini/Daboll the last 2 years-play for FG’s and don’t attack the endzone for fear of getting the ball picked. Thankfully Shurmur’s pressure offense will throw in the endzone and attack the defense.

    That is the reason Holmgren fired Mangini and brought in an offeensive minded HC!

  • McPhinFan

    I don’t think scoring 3 field goals in 3 quarters of football is going to cut it against any team in the NFL!

  • Lespaul

    You cannot blame Hennepin for running for his life or picking his ass off the turf. The O-line was a huge part of this loss. The defense didnt play well enough to win either. They didnt make plays when they needed to….no sacks, really? I am not sure about third down percentage, but that is usually the difference between 6 points and three points. The biggest factor…..the Browns wanted it more. I have been watching Colt McCoy for 4 years at Texas and that kid is a winner….pure plainnand simple. The Browns have winning qb and shouldnbe thankful for that.

  • Lespaul

    Damned auto word fill…..I meant Henne not Hennepin. Not even sure what Hennepin means…. Anyway, wasn’t all his falt

  • mscout99

    @compcomplex Your analysis is ridiculous. That last play of the game, Marshall bailed on his route…..again. He decided he was covered by more than one receiver and gave up. Henne could have checked down, provided he didn’t have the entire Browns front seven in his face getting ready to plant him….again.

    Marshall is supposed to be a #1 receiver. Good receivers find ways to get open, even if they’re doubled up. Marshall doesn’t have the mental toughness to bust his butt on every play.

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